President Obama's favorite song in 2015 was "How Much A Dollar Cost," a track from Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly." In January, Lamar visited the White House to speak with the President about the "My Brother's Keeper" mentoring initiative and more. Most recently, the President invited the Compton rapper to perform at yesterday's Independence Day celebration at the White House.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIv07E6iNl0]It was a short performance for Kendrick; he only recited six tracks, five of which came from his debut album "good kid, m.A.A.d city." Lamar ended the night with "Alright," his hit from "To Pimp A Butterfly," and also performed "Money Trees," "Swimming Pools," "B--- Don't Kill My Vibe," "Poetic Justice," and "A.D.H.D." Most of the performed songs were among Kendrick's most popular and most upbeat, a choice indicative of the joyous environment he was in at the White House.
The performance was streamed live on YouTube starting at 6:45 pm ET yesterday, and after Lamar finished his set singer Janelle Monae took over the stage. Once Monae wrapped up her performance, the President took the mic, spoke a few words about the importance of Independence Day, and then sung happy birthday to daughter Malia, who turned 18 yesterday.